Friday, November 16, 2012

Newer brain scans for Alzheimer's not covered by Medicare or insurance, could preclude long-term care coverage

New brain scan imaging technology is able to detect “true” Alzheimer’s disease even relatively early during the appearance of symptoms, according to a front page story in the New York Times by Gina Kolata on Friday, November 16, 2012, link here.   

There is new MRI detection technology that is still not covered by insurance or Medicare.  Furthermore, a “positive test” result could result in denial for long tern care insurance, unless Congress or states actin the future to provide patients more protection. 

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